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    [Mexican War]. John T. Hughes. Doniphan's Expedition; Containing an Account of the Conquest of New Mexico; General Kearney's Overland Expedition to California; Doniphan's Campaign against the Navajos; His Unparalleled March upon Chihuahua and Durango; and the Operations of General Price at Santa Fé: With a Sketch of the Life of Col. Doniphan. Illustrated with Plans of Battle-Fields and Fine Engravings. Cincinnati: J. A. & U. P. James, [1847]. 8vo, 144 pages. Frontispiece portrait J. D. Tisdell's "The Volunteer." Eight wood-engraved vignettes and one on the cover; three single-page plans: Plan of Santa Fe and Its Environs, Plan of the Battle of Brazito, and Plan of the Battle of Sacramento. Salmon printed wrappers with advertisements on the verso of the front wrapper and verso and recto of the rear wrapper. Leaves are gathered. Held in a tri-fold, brown cloth case with marbled boards which has be slipped into a half-bound, brown cloth and leather slipcase with two raised bands and "Doniphan's Expedition - 1847" gilt-stamped on the spine and gilt border. Altogether a very good, desirable copy.

    Reference: Cowan, page 115. Edwards, The Enduring Desert, page 122. Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators and Wood Engravers, 999a (Maclean) and page 214 (Tisdell). Hill, page 452. Howes H769: "Doniphan's and Kearney's conquests gave the U.S. its claim to New Mexico and Arizona." Plains & Rockies IV: 134:5: "Recounts the adventures of the First Regiment of Missouri Cavalry in New Mexico and Chihuahua....Hughes' brightly-written account of the regiment proved popular; by 1851 the Jameses reported more than 14,000 copies, and it remained in print for many years thereafter. Despite the quantity, and the many printings, it is now rare and avidly sought." Rittenhouse 311: "A classic work." Wheat, Transmississippi West 546.


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